Archive for August, 2017

Coldwater Indian Band Job Posting: Lands, Wills, and Estates Administrator

The Lands, Wills and Estates Administrator is responsible for managing and administrating the Coldwater Indian Band’s Lands (Traditional Land Holdings, CP’s, etc.), Wills and Estates program, including the INAC, NRCan and other available Lands Registry Systems.



  • Develops and maintains a Land registry system that recognizes the Coldwater Indian Band Lands, Traditional Holdings and Certificate of Possession;
  • Manages and maintains all documentation associated with the Coldwater Indian Band Lands program, including commercial, residential, industrial and agricultural leases, permits, rights of way, and any and all other legal documentation pertaining to Coldwater Indian Band lands;
  • Supports and advises Band Administrator and Chief and Council on any reserve land issues;
  • Develops a community education process that educates the Coldwater Indian Band community on Lands issues and updates all Lands issues associated with the Land Use Plan (community input), Land and Natural Resource Policy, Community Comprehensive Plan, Water Stewardship plan, etc.;
  • Prepares various documents for Locatees, i.e.: Transfers of interest (Traditional Land Holdings), Certificates of Possession;
  • Prepares transfers of interest for the Band Membership (traditional land holdings, houses, CP lands, etc.);
  • Prepares Community Bylaws with Community Consultation (clean community for safety reasons, animals, community safety, protecting our Lands, etc.).

 Wills and Estates:

  • Provides advisory services to Band Members and assists in the preparation of personal documentation and records;
  • Promotes and assists in drafting Wills for Band Members or refers to appropriate authority;
  • Maintains and develops records, and ensures the integrity and strict confidentiality of all estate information, including the development and maintenance of all client estate and other records;

General Administration:

  • Develops in consultation with the Coldwater Indian Band membership, Band Administrator and Chief and Council any Band policy and procedures related to the administration of Lands, Wills and Estates and administers accordingly

Qualifications & Skills:


  • High school completion
  • Formal training and or course work in the Administration of Wills and Estates, preferred
  • Formal training and or course work in Lands Management, preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in Land Management and the Administration of Wills and Estates
  • Prefer related experience working in a First Nations Organization
  • Knowledge of the Coldwater Indian Band members and community (preferred)
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and ethics at all times
  • Exceptional integrity and professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal and people management skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage workload
  • Exceptional analytical and decision-making skills
  • Strong team player (essential)
  • Good mediation and conflict resolution skill
  • Exceptional competency with computer applications and software
  • Valid drivers’ License and own transportation
  • Criminal Records Check and Bondable


NOTE:  The Coldwater Indian Band welcomes and encourages community members to apply.  Band members meeting some of the  essential qualifications will be considered for Band assisted sponsorship and training in Lands Administration.

Under section 42 (1) of the Human Rights Code, the Coldwater Indian Band has adopted a special program of giving preference in employment to First Nations people.

If you possess the necessary qualifications and skills, please forward your cover letter, resume and salary expectations, in the strictest confidence, by August 31, 2017, to

Bill Gallis at:


Long Plain First Nation Votes YES!

August 13th, 2017: Long Plain First Nation (Portage La Prairie, MB) has become the 75th Framework Agreement Signatory to ratify their community land code!  With great excitement, and a 90% approval by voting members, Long Plain’s 4384 hectare, 4454-member Ojibway nation has regained governance control over their reserve lands and resources!  This proud, forward thinking, and progressive community can now look towards the many benefits of this reacquired jurisdiction.  Congratulations Long Plain!

Splatsin First Nation Job Opportunity: Lands and Resources Manager

Lands and Resources Manager

(Please click here for full posting)

Splatsin, located in Enderby BC is seeking to hire a Lands and Resources Manager to oversee the development and maintenance of a land use plan for Splatsin.

Specific duties include:

  • Under the instruction of the director, monitor and evaluate the progress and budgets of department programs and initiatives.
  • Day to day supervision of the department support staff.
  • Oversee the tracking and management of Splatsin reserve lands.
  • Seek external funding sources as needed to support the Title and Rights department staff and programs.
  • Assist with the promotion and education of Secwepemc culture, language, etc.
  • Assist with the development of departmental operational budget.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of accurate land use records including maps and abstracts.
  • Participate in presentations.

Interested candidates can send their resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources

P.O. Box 460
Enderby B.C.
V0E 1V0

Or fax application to 250-838-2131 Attention: Human Resources


Please note, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Pursuant to section 16 of the Canadian Human Rights Act preference may be given to applicants of aboriginal ancestry.

Inaugural launch of “The Lands Advisor”, a quarterly newsletter aimed at reaching First Nations across Canada interested in the Framework Agreement!

Welcome to the inaugural edition/V1 of ” The Lands Advisor“, a quarterly newsletter aimed at reaching First Nations across Canada who are interested in the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. Look for what’s happening at the Resource Centre, news, community success stories, insights and more. There are a number of interactive links that provide more information on the web. Enjoy and thank you for all the great work you all have done to bring Framework Agreement lands management to where we are today!

Click here for the interactive newsletter.

Click here for the .PDF version


Invitation to Operational & Developmental First Nations to attend the 2017 Lands Advisory Board (LAB) Annual General Meeting (AGM)

This year the LAB AGM will be hosted by Chief Michel R. Bernard of Conseil des Abenakis de Wolinak at Hotel Musee Premieres Nations, Wendake, Quebec on September 26 & 27, 2017.

The AGM agenda (please click here for agenda) identifies the annual topics that the LAB Directors are required to complete,  in accordance with our responsibilities under the Framework Agreement.

Travel Assistance

The LAB Finance Committee has secured funds to assist in travel costs for one representative from  your  Nation.   While it may not cover the full trip,  reimbursement  will be up to $800 to offset travel  costs.   We will also provide meals  during the meeting  days (Breakfast  and Lunch for August 26 & 27th) . Please note that you will be responsible  to book  and pay for your hotel. Our registration  page will be updated  for hotels that are near the  venue.

We would like to offer our travel agents assistance  with your travel plans.  Please  contact Wendy Snow at Capri Travel, 1-800-964-6872 or 1-250-860-3593 The LAB will pay the Capri Travel booking fee of $55.00 on your behalf.


For ease of registration, please follow this link as it will help us to finalize the number of attendees for meal planning and administration purposes.

If you require additional information, please  contact  any of the following  people: